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awgraham
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02 13 9:14 am    Post subject: Re: UDS Reply with quote

ts8181 wrote:
Build a UDS, cheap, easy, and cooks awesome! I have two, one with a iq110 blower.


This right here. I started out on a char-griller smokin pro, and when I figured out its something I wanted to keep doing I knew I needed to upgrade. I built a UDS and got an iq110, the damn thing runs itself now. And Im only in it for $200 total. Im in the process of building a reverse flow, for competition and catering.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02 13 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: UDS Reply with quote

awgraham wrote:
ts8181 wrote:
Build a UDS, cheap, easy, and cooks awesome! I have two, one with a iq110 blower.


This right here. I started out on a char-griller smokin pro, and when I figured out its something I wanted to keep doing I knew I needed to upgrade. I built a UDS and got an iq110, the damn thing runs itself now. And Im only in it for $200 total. Im in the process of building a reverse flow, for competition and catering.

Heck use the UDS for comps and catering. Wink Very Happy
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awgraham
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02 13 10:10 pm    Post subject: Re: UDS Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
awgraham wrote:
ts8181 wrote:
Build a UDS, cheap, easy, and cooks awesome! I have two, one with a iq110 blower.


This right here. I started out on a char-griller smokin pro, and when I figured out its something I wanted to keep doing I knew I needed to upgrade. I built a UDS and got an iq110, the damn thing runs itself now. And Im only in it for $200 total. Im in the process of building a reverse flow, for competition and catering.

Heck use the UDS for comps and catering. Wink Very Happy


No cheaper than they are, may not be a bad idea. But I will need 4-5 UDS, Im gonna be doing mostly MBN contests
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03 13 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoEzzy wrote:
There is no such thing as a fool proof cooker...


Too true! Embarassed
My "journey" started with an electric unit. Decent Que, but not great.
Then got a vertical propane unit. Again, decent Que, but....I now use it mostly as a "holding" oven.
Next up was a "cheap" offset. After making some modifications, it made some excellent Que, but requires tending to the firebox every 1 1/2 hours or so. Not a prob for "shorter" cooks like poultry, ribs and lamb.
All three are pretty much gathering dust in the garage since I built a couple UDS'. They have become my "go to" cookers, especially for the long cooks like brisket and pork butts. ALMOST "set it and forget it", and I can catch some shuteye when doing the overnight cooks.
Third place brisket at the SD State Fair, up against 7 KCBS cooks.

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fattedhogbbq
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03 13 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

UDS all the way!!!

Holds *250 for hours and cooks for up to 14 hours on one basket of coals & wood...

Pumps out the same quality smoked food as anything thousands more.
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Kettleman
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04 13 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You won't regret buying a Weber Smokey Mountain either especially you can find a used one on CL. You can always sell it and move up later.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04 13 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WSM is as fool proof as it gets. Ready to go out of the box. 18.5" would be the best way to start. Don't get talked into a 22" unless you have a huge family or will regularly feed 40-50 people. Go over to the virtual weber bullet website and look around.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06 13 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The UDS is the best smoker for me. I smoked 2 8# butts for the 4th. Family and friends loved the end results. Can, will our smoker cook for over 16hrs on a single load of fuel? My UDS can and has.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06 13 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoBQ wrote:
The UDS is the best smoker for me. I smoked 2 8# butts for the 4th. Family and friends loved the end results. Can, will our smoker cook for over 16hrs on a single load of fuel? My UDS can and has.


Guess it depends on how big your load is BoBQ? I've gone 16 hours on the 18.5. I'm not saying you will get that on the 22.
Nobody is knocking the UDS, not at all. Not everybody can build one either. Bang for the buck, out of the box, the WSM 18.5 is tuff to beat. If and when you want to move up, they have good resale value too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07 13 2:15 am    Post subject: Re: Best smoker for a backyard beginner? Reply with quote

barry wrote:
Have been watching PitMasters TV show and am really looking forward to doing some home BBQ.
What brand smoker would you recommend for a newbie?
Is there such thing as "fool proof" smokers? Smile
Thanks
Traeger and other auto-feed pellet smokers are as easy as it gets IMO. If you want to actually light a fire then I'd start with a Weber Smokey Mountain or other upright smoker & visit the virtual weber bullet website. Offset smokers are IMO the most difficult to learn and cheaper cookers need a lot of tweaking.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07 13 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrp116 wrote:
WSM is as fool proof as it gets. Ready to go out of the box. 18.5" would be the best way to start. Don't get talked into a 22" unless you have a huge family or will regularly feed 40-50 people. Go over to the virtual weber bullet website and look around.


I totally agree. If you're not handy then out of the box, bang for the buck, the WSM 18.5 can't be beat. Guys buy them used all the time on CL.
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va_connoisseur
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09 13 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to agree that the WSM is about as easy out of the box as it gets. A UDS is great if you're handy and have access to the materials but if not...WSM.

Now the real question is, how many folks do you cook for regularly? That will determine if you need the 18.5 or 22
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09 13 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out our drum smokers at PoleCat Custom Smokers, i think you will be impressed... www.polecatcustoms.com
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